I don't like driving. I learned to drive in a small town with one stoplight. The main road hazards where snow and deer. I didn't like driving then. Now, I live in a city with terrible traffic and many more than one stop light. The main road hazards are... everything. I really don't like driving now.
I managed to go over a decade without driving a car. Between public transit, Uber, and a husband who doesn't mind driving, it was pretty easy to avoid having to get behind the wheel myself.
Then, we had a kid.
I knew, from a safety and life perspective, it would be easier for us if I just started driving again.
I started easy. I drove with my husband in the car only going to and from daycare. Then I did a few solo drives to the grocery store. Then I leveled up to taking our kiddo to and from school. Now, I occasionally do longer solo jaunts to run errands.
On Friday, I drove to CostCo. It's just over 17 miles roundtrip. I literally turn onto the main street outside our building, pick the middle lane, and stay there until I turn into the mall that houses the warehouse. There are no turns. I don't need to change lanes. I drive there outside of rush hour.
I hate it. My FitBit clocks my heart rate like I'm running up stairs.
But I did it. It's the second time I've done this trip and it was a little easier than the first. With time, I hope I get less anxious about driving.
Just don't ask me to get on a highway anytime soon.
What scary things do you push through?